We describe our preliminary studies of the use of neodymium-doped slab-shaped ceramic YAG media in the construction of compact, rugged, high-power diode-pumped solid-state lasers. A maximum extraction of more than 160 W at a 20% slope efficiency level, with a narrow transverse direction beam-parameter product of the order of 4 mm mrad<sup>−1</sup> is experimentally obtained from an extremely simple and compact (overall dimensions 160 mm × 100 mm × 60 mm) laser head in a quasi-continuous-wave regime. Experimental data together with finite-elements method simulations indicate that power extraction can be scaled up at least to 900 W cw with this laser head geometry.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
Marco Ciofini and Antonio Lapucci, "Compact Scalable Diode-Pumped Nd:YAG Ceramic Slab Laser," Appl. Opt. 43, 6174-6179 (2004)